A 31-man contingent of Rangers International FC on Wednesday arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 2018/2019 TOTAL/CAF Confederation Cup qualifier against the Defence Force S.C. of Ethiopia.
The team, who arrived at the early hours, was optimistic of defeating the opponent to pick ticket for the first round of the competition.
Rangers’ FC is the only Nigeria’s representative in the TOTAL/CAF Confederation Cup and the reigning NFF/Aiteo Federation Cup champions.
Norbert Okoli, Rangers’ Media Officer, in a statement in Enugu on Wednesday, said that the contingent included 18 players and 13 officials.
According to him, the team is led by Emmanuel Ibahhad, Chairman of Akwa Ibom Football Association.
Meanwhile Rangers’ Coach, Olugbenga Ogunbote, said: “We, the management, coaches and players, are aware of the task at hand and focused at achieving that.
“We have a two-goal advantage and we shall do our very best to ensure we pick the ticket at the end of the match.
“We thank God for the performance of the first leg and we look up to Him for His grace in the second leg. We are here for the ticket.
“With the right attitude, we shall emerge winners against Defence Force S.C. in Addis Ababa.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the second leg, which will be handled by Rwandan match officials, will be played at the 35,000-capacity Addis Ababa International Stadium, later in the evening.
The kick off time is 7 p.m. Nigerian time.